Paul A. Griffin

Paul A. Griffin
Distinguished Professor

Research Expertise: Accounting, accounting and financial theory, evaluation of accounting methods, financial information and disclosures

Professor Paul Griffin is a leading international authority in accounting, financial information and disclosures. He has published over 50 articles in leading accounting and finance journals, five research monographs for the Financial Accounting Standards Board and two case books on U.S. corporate financial reporting. His research has had a substantial impact on the profession. According to a study of influential articles, he is one of a small group whose articles are now classics in the field.

His recent publications in accounting and auditing focus on audit fee behavior, corporate governance under Sarbanes-Oxley, stock option compensation, and SEC reporting under Regulation FD and the Dodd-Frank Act’s Section 1502 disclosure rule on use of conflict minerals. His current research projects examine relations between stock prices and greenhouse gas emissions and the informational role of short interest for corporate bond prices. Professor Griffin recently served as co-editor of Accounting Horizons.

Before arriving at UC Davis, Griffin was an assistant professor at the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  

Griffin earned both his Ph.D. in accounting and his M.A. in operations research and economic theory from The Ohio State University.


Paul A. Griffin Recent Awards

  • 2015 Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award sponsored by KMPG, American Accounting Association, Accounting Information Systems Section, “The SEC’s XBRL Mandate and Credit Risk: Evidence on a Link between Credit Default Swap Pricing and XBRL Disclosure.”
  • Highly Commended Paper of 2014, Pacific Accounting Review, “Supply chain sustainability: Evidence on conflict minerals.”
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA), Awarded for distinction, excellence, and service to the accountancy profession in New Zealand, 2012.
  • Best Conference Paper Overall; Best Conference Paper in Accounting, Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2012.
  • Runner-up, 2011 Peter Brownell Best Manuscript Award, Accounting & Finance, “Enforcement and Disclosure Under Regulation Fair Disclosure: An Empirical Analysis,” Volume 51, No. 4, June 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker, Australian National Centre for Auditing and Assurance Research (ANCAAR) Research Forum, Canberra, Australia, 2010.
  • Distinguished International Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 2010.
  • 2010 Peter Brownell Best Manuscript Award, Accounting & Finance, “Agency Problems and Audit Fees: Further Tests of the Free Cash Flow Hypothesis,” 2010.
  • Runner-up, 2009 Peter Brownell Best Manuscript Award, Accounting & Finance, “Governance Regulatory Changes, International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption, and New Zealand Audit and Non-Audit Fees: Empirical Evidence,” 2009.